enlightening the parliament – Ein Kunstprojekt mit Demokrat:innen anlässlich des 75-jährigen Jubiläums des Niedersächsischen Landtages

Projektion auf den Niedersächsischen Landtag von 7. bis 13. Mai 2022, mehr als 200 Videostatements von Bürger:innen, Bürger:innenrät:innen und Abgeordneten: https://enlightening-the-parliament.de

Videointerviews mit Bürger:innen, Bürger:innenrät:innen und Abgeordneten
Konzeption: Martin Krenn, Carlotta Oppermann
Schnitt: Carlotta Oppermann
Interviewführung: Carlotta Oppermann, Josephin Ackermann, Lena Götzinger, Gio-Lina Heike

Innenansichten des Niedersächsischen Landtages
Film1: Konzeption, Kamera, Schnitt: Lina Bramkamp, Clara Mannott, Paula Andrea Knust Rosales
Film 2: Konzeption, Kamera, Schnitt: Andreas Baumgartner

Grafische Gestaltung
Website, Design der Fragenbox, der Banner für die Projektionstürme sowie der Themenkarten: Felizitas Zechmeister

Entwicklung der Konzeption des gesamten Projektes
Josephin Ackermann, Andreas Baumgartner, Janis Binder, Lina Bramkamp, Leevi Ervast, Lena Götzinger, Gio-Lina Heike, Martin Krenn, Clara Mannott, Jonas Meyburg, Carlotta Oppermann, Rolf Pilarsky, Paula Andrea Knust Rosales, Ingo Schulz, Ayliz Tosun, Iris Wegner

appropriate! Journal zur Aneignung und Vermittlung von Kunst

Issue 1 │ Zugänglichkeit | Frühjahr 2021, Issue 2│Demokratisierung | Herbst 2021, Issue 3│Vermittlung | Frühjahr 2022
Autor:innen/authors: Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Martin Krenn, Nanna Lüth, Suzana Milevska, Mirl Redmann, Steffen Rudolph, Karin Schneider, Nora Sternfeld, Eva Sturm u.a.
Redaktion/editors: Paula Andrea Knust Rosales, Martin Krenn, Julika Teubert, Andreas Baumgartner

The journal is published by Braunschweig University of Art, Institute of Fine Art, art education headed by Martin Krenn. It will be published every six months.

Austria Is a Wonderful Country

Martin Krenn: Österreich ist ein wunderbares Land, installation shot Weltmuseum Wien (2021), photo: Iklim Dogan

Austria Is a Wonderful Country recalls the brutalities and subjugation that took place during the “Anschluss” of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938. With the participation of the Austrian population, Jewish men and women were forced to wash away political slogans by the former Austro-fascist “Ständestaat” (Corporative State). The central part of the installation is a video film based on original quotes from eyewitness reports and image descriptions of historical photos.
Several characters narrate the quotes from the eyewitnesses in the film. One of them is a reporter (played by actor Annamáría Láng), another is a contemporary witness (played by the actor Peter Rothkappel). Both of them appear in the video at historically contaminated locations. The reporter talks about the events that happened during the 1938 “annexation”; she speaks from the perspective of journalists and describes documents as well as historical photos. The third character (Susanne Bock) is the off-screen narrator; she reads quotes from eyewitnesses who were victims of the Nazi persecution. Susanne Bock also reads a quote from her own biography. In the epilogue, Robert Halpern, one of the last eyewitnesses of the “Reibpartien,” describes his experience when he fell victim to one of these pogroms.

Curatorial team Marina Gržinić, Christina Jauernik, and Sophie Uitz
Stories of Traumatic Pasts: Counter-Archives for Future Memories
Exhibition at Weltmuseum Wien, 7.10.2020 – 3.4.2021

Restaging the Object: A Participatory Exploration of Long Kesh/Maze Prison Martin Krenn & Aisling O’Beirn (eds.)

The books have arrived in Berlin and Belfast and are ready to order. Thanks to Anna-Sophie Springer and K. Verlag | Press for the support and the photos.
Restaging the Object: A Participatory Exploration of Long Kesh/Maze Prison
Martin Krenn & Aisling O’Beirn (eds.)
With contributions by Martin Krenn & Aisling O’Beirn, Laura McAtackney, Suzana Milevska & Peter Peter Claus Mutschler and the project participants Simon Bridge, Phil Holland, David Stitt, The 50+Group under the umbrella of Tar Anall, the Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum, the Roddy McCorley Society Museum, the Andy Tyrie Interpretative Centre, as well as a number of contributors who prefer to remain anonymous.

Design by Keith Connolly, Tonic Design, Belfast, English, 170 x 225 mm, 256 pages, Two paper stocks, Full color throughout, Sewn in sections, ISBN 978-3-9818635-6-7, Published by K. Verlag
Order: https://k-verlag.org/books/transforming-long-kesh-maze/

Our Way[s] of Life Accompanying Event: – Settlement Hierarchy

Martin Krenn, One village from Austria (2011-12), Video 33:48 mins

THU 27 JUN 2019 7:00PM, Austrian Cultural Forum London, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ
Low density settlements are central to European national identities, from the English hamlet with thatched roofs and WI meetings, to Austrian alpine villages, nestled in the mountains. They represent ways of life which for the most part no longer exist, retreats into the past which become romanticised with time and modern sewage management.
Accompanying the exhibition Our Way[s] of Life this event will explore varied aspects of quaint history: from Daniela Grabosch’s dark Google Maps journey though Mussolini’s lakeside seat of governance, Salò, now a popular tourist destination, to Martin Krenn’s archival exploration of Austria’s heart via the Open-Air Museum Stübing, a settlement of 97 historic rural buildings from different federal states, and a performance by Calvin Z. Laing, touching upon Scottish linguistics and his youth, growing up in suburbs of Edinburgh. Collectively these artists reflect upon our propensity to both memorialise the village and to carry an idealised version of it forward into our cultural subconscious.